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MS 181 C-BE

A chainsaw with reduced-emission engine technology, STIHL Easy2Start™ and Quick Chain Adjuster.

MS 181 C-BE
MS 181 C-BE is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 55.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy start and a dream to use. I have owned Stihl chain saws for over 20 year and have a problem with my upper back and could not pull start my older chain saws both Stihl and others. After searching online I came across the MS 180 C-BE 16. So I went to Robinson Hardware in Guilderland NY. The sales person was great and we went over the easy start saws that were available and I dry started this saw. It was an answer to my dream of having a chain saw I could start with out hurting my back. After purchase we went out and started my new saw. If you can pick up a cold drink 3 times it starts. The next day I headed into the woods and ran the saw for about 4 hours and it ran very well and after it warmed up it was a 1 pull wonder.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for heavy home use I've run a few of the bigger Stihl saws out on my friend's farm, but they are overkill for what I was needing at my home. The 181 is the perfect size for cutting up medium soft woods (>8") and smaller hardwoods (>5") around my home, and my parents home. Maintenance is a breeze with the tool-less design and the quick start works like a dream. Running this all day is no problem for me with the light weight and the shocks built in to the body.I'll most likely get a 14" bar if I ever need to cut anything bigger, but the 16" that is included is more than adequate for my current needs.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My main operational saw I keep two saws in the house, fully loaded with gas and ready to go in case I need one or both in an emergency. In the past, I have been forced to cut my way out of the house due to trees and limbs ending up on the house after a winter or spring storms. The main requirement is they must be easily cranked and run each and every time I attempt to crank them on the front porch or back deck. The reason I have two saws is because you always need a backup saw and they both sit on shop towels right inside the back door. Right now, I have my 181 CCBE and MS 250 as my operational saws. Both will handle just about anything that falls oh or around the house. My 181 CBE is a dream saw because of its ease of starting but my MS 250 will handle larger wood more easily. I have bigger saws but I try to balance size with need I cut down two trees with my 181 and 250 this week. I cut one 6 inch oak down with the 181 and limbed it and bucked it with the 181 - all on a half a tank of gas. The other oak was about 12 inches in diameter, so I cut it and bucked it with the 250 but limbed it with the 181 because it got hung up in another tree and the 181 is lighter than the 250 for overhead work. I was really surprised by the fact that both saws used only a half of a tank of gas, each. I have never had a lick of problems with either saw and I have about 10 tanks of gas on each saw. However, I broke both saws in correctly - extra oil in the first two tanks of gas ( one capful of Ultra in the tank) and neither of the saws cut anything until after they had , at least, two tanks of gas on them. The first two tanks of gas were mostly at idle with an occasional run-up to clear off the spark plug. It takes about an hour and an half to go through a tank of gas on either saw. I may give a saw a little light work when it is on its 2nd tank but it is limited to very light work on small wood, 2 inches or less. On the 3rd tank I see what the saw is made of and switch it to my standard 50:1 mix of premium non-ethanol,Stihl Ultra oil mix ,My Ms 181 CBE is not completely broke in, yet, but my Ms 250 is, even though both saws have almost identical number of tanks of gas on them, I listen for the piston to "round out" as a good indicator. When they round out the idle will RPM will rise several hundred RPM;s, but will drop after several minutes of idling. My 181 CBE is almost there but not quite. It should be there after a few more tanks of gas. I have read all of the horror stories on the Stihl website about folks that have had problems with their Stihl chainsaws. My bet is most of these problems are due to improper use or maintenance. I clean my saws, religiously after each use; feed them good gas, properly mixed with good two cycle oil and use good bar oil in them. I also sharpen their chains after every 4 tanks of gas.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Chainsaw does what is asked of it. Light weight, starts quickly and runs smoothly.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and Dependably Awesome This saw will not wear you out moving it about a work site. It has more power than you think. No vibration while cutting.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Open Heart Surgery After my open heart surgery I found it very difficult to start my old chain saws. So off to the Stihl dealer, I came home with this saw and could not be happier, I have used it for over two years for cutting trees to keep my property neat. If you require a saw with easy start capability, then this is a very dependable saw to use.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Female Senior Citizens Beware! I am a female senior citizen who has used chainsaws for years for purpose of heating my home and small farm activities. I am an extremely hard-working person and am very dependent on my equipment. Have been a long-time Stihl fan until my recent experience. Will never, ever purchase another Stihl product because of the quality of product. They are not the saws they used to be.The most troubling issue is how rudely I have been treated by the service people when trying to resolve my issues. I have been treated dismissively and right down rudely by service people, the worst experience of all by Ace Hardware in O'Fallon, Illinois. Stihl should have more respect for their female users and require customer service training for their vendors. I am truly hurt over this treatment.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts every time Cuts easily, a joy to operate and best of all it starts every time with little effort.
Date published: 2016-07-18
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